Trinidad Victorious In 1st Intercolonial Footer Match

G. St. C. Scotter
Date Published: 
Jamaica Gleaner

Visitors Register 3-2 Win At Sabina Park
Record And Representative Crowd Watches Closely Fought Match:
Payne Scores Two Goals For Trinidad and Henderson The Other.
Parke and H. DaCosta Register One Goal Each For Jamaica's Side.
Detailed Description Of Play.

BEFORE THE BIGGEST CROWD ever seen on a local football ground the fast and plucky Trinidad side just managed to nose out by the odd goal to defeat Jamaica in the first match of the three inter-Colony games of the series. The first time in history the two Colonies have met on the football field—and I offer Trinidad my heartiest congratulations on their victory.

They played throughout as they have played in every match of the tour with a cleanness and sportsmanship that was above all praise, and that has already made them tremendously popular with the Jamaican public—in fact it is not too much to say that their winning goal in Saturday's game was greeted with perhaps more enthusiasm than [illegible] had Jamaica [illegible]

Jamaica Scores First.

The game started punctually on scheduled time, Mr. Mike Hanna refereeing, and Messrs. Romney and Laing officiating on the line.

For the first ten minutes exchanges were very even in midfield, largely of "Cup match" type of play, lots of pace and keenness but not much science. Soon however the players settled down to better football and Jamaica going down the hill went away on the left wing, Huntley DaCosta passing to McKenzie who tested Ambard with a crisp low shot, the Trinidad boy correctly anticipating which side Mac was coming and clearing neatly.

Jamaica continued to press with Parke and Harvey in the half line sending over the ball nicely to them, and Alty Sasso tried one of his famous solo runs, but after passing Merry ran into a regular "Rock of Gibraltar" in Maynard, who played a magnificent game throughout.

However, it was an error of judgment on the part of this player—the sole one that he has made—which gave Jamaica her first goal, the first ever scored between the two colonies.

Parke at right half getting possession perhaps twenty yards out of the area and sending in a long low, drive, more intended as a pass to the left inside than a shot.

The ball passed Merry and Maynard mis-kicked—Ambard in goal [illegible] and [illegible] for the ball but was too late to get there and the ball passed quietly into the net, to come to rest for the first goal ever scored between Jamaica and Trinidad.

The crowd appreciated the effort with a yell that must have been heard over in Trinidad.

Payne Equalizes.

However, our visitors are never so dangerous as when they are down —and they took possession of the play for the first time as the game restarted.

Tench was working like a Trojan in the centre and his wing halves also were backing their forward line strongly. A run down the right wing forced a corner, but Passailaigue was on the job and cleared well.

L. Henderson and Alkins then took the ball down the field for Henderson to send out a well judged pass to Payne, who, coming in from the wing slammed the ball at Clarence with terrific pace. Pass had not time to gather it and hit the ball down before clearing, but it landed just over the goal line, and Mike, alert as a hawk, blew at once for the goal.

Play was very fast for a time after this both sides getting in the area only to be repulsed at the one end by Maynard and at the other by Hadden.

About seven minutes before half time Trinidad went ahead as the result of a brilliant bit of position play by L. Henderson.

Tench got the ball somewhere around the circle, and sent over a long drop pass of the sort Jamaica halves have always specialised in, in fact which might almost be called a Jamaica invention, but Tench evidently has even improved on the local article for the pass was so well judged that Henderson, starting as the ball was kicked was two yards past both backs by the time it dropped, and had nothing to do but put it into the net. Naturally it looked to anyone not watching the play very closely like a clear offside —actually it was nothing of the kind, Henderson being well on side when the ball was kicked.

In The Second Half.

Jamaica going up the hill soon showed that they also were not to be discouraged by being down, Harvey wisely abandoned any defensive tactics and started to play practically his usual forward position. Play centered for some minutes around Trinidad's goal. Briggs sent over a grand centre, for Alty to just miss the bar—Mackenzie tried a long first timer, but Ambard saved well; and then Huntley DaCosta and McKenzie working together broke through for Huntley to net a fine shot.

A fairly heavy shower fell at this stage of the game, and although it did not actually affect the ground much, it made the ball much heavier, and helped Trinidad to a certain extent, as they are more accustomed to a heavy ball than Jamaica.

On the left wing of the half line the skipper was doing some great work and it was due to his good backing of Payne that the latter was able to show to such fine advantage. Sutherland had a solo attempt, but he was obviously slowed up by a slightly injured ankle and couldn't develop quite his usual pace.

Atkins had a fair chance, but shot too straight at Passailaigue—then came another movement very similar to the one which got Trinidad's first goal—the right wing drawing the defence to pass across to Payne coming in off the left wing, a really neat bit of tactics, and once again Payne scored, putting Trinidad in the lead.

This was some seven minutes before time and from then till the blow of the whistle Trinidad had things pretty much their own way.

For the visitors Maynard, Tench, and Payne were brilliant, Wilkinson, Ambard, and L. Henderson all did excellent work.

For Jamaica Huntley DaCosta was the best of the forward line, and Parke of the defence, Hadden not showing up quite as well as usual.

Remarkable Attendance

Every inch of Sabina Park seemed to be occupied on Saturday afternoon. The attendance was remarkable. A mighty crowd as representative as it was large, saw Jamaica lose to Trinidad.

Visibly disappointed as they were, the huge sporting gathering nevertheless gave the Trinidadians a rousing ovation as they left the field conquerors. The vanquished Jamaica side also were vigorously applauded.

Before the kick-off, the member of both the Trinidad and the Jamaica teams were introduced by their respective captains to the Officer Administering the Government, the Hon. C. C. Woolley, and His Worship the Mayor, the Hon. H. A. L. Simpson, O.B.E., who were accompanied by Mr. W. J. Palmer, and Mr. Leslie Mordecai, President and Second vice president of the Jamaica Football Association respectively.

Some Present

Prominent among the huge gathering, in addition to those named before and member of the Council of the Football Association, were Mrs. C. C. Woolley, Brigadier Langhorne, G.O.C., and Mrs. Langhorne, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Hardie, D.D., Lieut. Col. A. A. Fenn, D.S.O., Officer Commanding the Sherwood Foresters Regiment, the Hon. M. V. and Mrs. Camacho, the Hon. S. R. Cargill, the Hon. A. K. Agar, the Hon. H. E. Allan, Messrs C. S. Morrison, M. deCordova, Cecil deCordova, G. J. deCordova, Owen Samuel, H. V. Alexander, A. B. Rennie, Bertram Burrowes, C. C. Sandford, A. deC. Myers, Dr. Eugene Gideon, Messrs R. H. Fletcher, Eustance Myers, Major W. H. Plant, Messrs R. C. B. Foster, P. Martin Cooper, Sam W. Brown, A. O. Ritchie, K. Cameron, Frank E. Lyons, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Penso, Messrs Jasper L. Campbell, V. R. Parkinson, S. R. Braithwaite, Gerals Mair, Alty Lopez, Dr. and Mrs. H. G. Hollar, Dr. A. Foster, Dr. K. Leigh Evans, Messrs A. L. Evans, R. C. Humphries, the Rev. Ernest Price, Dr. L. M. Clark, Messrs J. Kelly Fraser, R. K. Nunes, F. A. Pixley, E. Handal, Eric Abrahams, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Plant, Messrs A. D. Goffe, E. Hanna, Joseph Issa, C. C. Calame, F. R. Martin, Dr. H. L. Morrison, Messrs S. M. A. deSouza, C. L. Cawley.

Remaining Matches.

Presiding respectively at the remaining matches of the series will be:—

1st. January: vs Kingston, Sir William Morrison.
4th. January: vs All Jamaica, His Excellency the Governor.
8th. January: vs St. George's, His Lordship Bishop Emmet.
11th. January: vs All Jamaica—Not yet decided.

Spectators who wish to reserve seats by the day are asked to do so if possible at Cockings rather than at the ground, as this saves a lot of trouble.